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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Special Education, University of Illinois, 2013 - present

Assistant Professor Department of Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001 - 2006

Project Coordinator/Co-Principal Investigator, Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997 - 2001

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Awards, Honors, Associations

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students CITL, 2011 - 2014

Outstanding CEC Leadership Award Council for Exceptional Children, 2013 - 2013

Outstanding Faculty Award for Service College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 - 2013

Alumni Achievement Award Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, 2013 - 2013

Merle B. Karnes Service to the Division Award Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2012 - 2012

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Office of the Provost, 2009 - 2009

Spitze-Mather Award for Excellence College of Education, 2004 - 2004

Fulbright Scholar Fulbright Program, 1990 - 1990

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In Our News

Professor’s mentorship of Special Education doctoral students produces consistent grant success (12/5/2016)

Defining excellence in research, teaching, and service (10/6/2016)

Special Education head, student receive DEC awards (8/9/2016)

Dads’ active role in parenting children with autism assists moms’ mental health, study says (7/14/2015)

College of Education collaborating to help military family service professionals across America (4/29/2015)

Faculty-alumnus partnership fosters child development by transforming project into not-for-profit service (7/17/2014)

Study by alumna: Mothers raising autistic children prone to depression, stress (5/6/2014)

Doctoral student's groundbreaking research topic leads to prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship (3/19/2014)

UI study suggests autism can be discovered at earlier age (3/17/2014)

Special Education alumna Barbara Bateman honored for lifetime achievement by Council for Exceptional Children (4/11/2013)

College announces outstanding and distinguished faculty/staff awards for 2013 (4/2/2013)

Professor Rosa Milagros Santos receives three awards for achievement, research, service in Special Education (3/4/2013)

Special Education Professor Rosa Milagros Santos to receive Outstanding Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Leadership Award (12/13/2012)

Rosa Milagros Santos to receive prestigious Merle B. Karnes Service to the Division award (9/25/2012)

Rosa Milagros Santos part of new IES grant to study men's parenting behaviors in families of children with disabilities (3/6/2012)

Research & Service

Dr. Santos’ research focuses on young children with disabilities and their families within the context of early intervention and early childhood special education services (EI/ECSE). Specifically, she is interested in developing an understanding of the ecologic influence of families and culture on parents and professionals in facilitating young children’s development and learning. To this end, she has engaged in research activities in three interrelated areas designed to advance the current knowledge base in the field of EI/ECSE. Her first research area is building empirical knowledge on how parents and other family members facilitate children’s learning and development. Her second research area is focused on developing a foundational understanding of the role that culture and language play in young children’s development. Her third research area focuses on translating research to practice for professionals in early childhood settings. Through these research activities, she aims to make a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities and their families by enhancing the practices of professionals who work directly with these children and families.

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Publications

Corr, C., Santos, R., & Fowler, S. (2016) Families Living in Poverty and the Components of Early Intervention Services: A review of the literature Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 36, 55-64

Kern, J., McBride, B., Laxman, D., Dyer, W., Santos, R., & Jeans, L. (2016) The Role of Multiple-Group Measurement Invariance in Family Psychology Research Journal of Family Psychology 30, 364-374

Price, C., Ostrosky, M., & Santos, R. (2016) Strategies for reflecting on books that include characters with disabilities Young Children 71 (2), 30-37

Santos, R., & Hile, K. (2016) Early Intervention. Sage Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education Sage Publishing: Thousands Oak, CA, USA

Santos, R., Jeans, L., & Corr, C. (2016) The Developmental Benefits of Parent-Child Interaction: Perspectives of Filipino Mothers of Children with and without Disabilities. Journal of Research in Childhood Education 30, 1-14

Corr, C., & Santos, R.. Abuse and Young children with disabilities: A Review of the Literature Journal of Early Intervention

Corr, C., Spence, C., Miller, D., Marshall, A., & Santos, R.. Beyond “hoping for the best” - Home visits in impoverished urban areas. Young Exceptional Children

Hile, K., Santos, R., & Hughes, M.. Preparing Early Interventionists to Implement Family-centered Practices Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education/Taylor & Francis

Ostrosky, M., Santos, R., & Zaghlawan, H.. Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education. Research-Based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability Routledge

Spence, C., Miller, D., Corr, C., & Santos, R.. When in doubt, reach out! Effective teaming strategies for early childhood professionals Young Children

Santos, R., & Duran, L. (2014) When Good Intentions are Not Enough: Essentials for Effective Leaders and Educators in Building and Leading Culturally Responsive Schools and Programs. Using Positive Behavioral Supports for Promoting School Success from Early Childhood to High School for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Practices and Policies Peter Lang Publishing Group: New York, USA

Laxman, D., McBride, B., Jeans, L., Dyer, J., Santos, R., Kern, J., Sugimura, N., Curtiss, S., & Weglarz-Ward, J. (2015) Father involvement and maternal depressive symptoms in families of children with disabilities or delays Maternal and Child Health Journal

Jeans, L., Santos Gilbertz, R., Laxman, D., McBride, B., & Dyer, W. (2014) Early Predictors of ASD in Young Children Using a Nationally Representative Data Set Journal of Early Intervention  link >

Meadan-Kaplansky, H., Ostrosky, M., Santos, R., & Snodgrass, M. (2013) How can I help?: Prompting procedures to support children’s learning.. Young Exceptional Children  link >

Jeans, L., Santos Gilbertz, R., Laxman, D., McBride, B., & Dyer, W. (2013) Stress and Symptoms of Depression in Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Using a Nationally Representative Dataset Topics in Early Childhood Special Education  link >

Cheatham, G., Santos, R., & Kerkutluoglu, A. (2012) Review of comparison studies investigating bilingualism and bilingual instruction for students with disabilities. Focus on Exceptional Children

Santos Gilbertz, R., Cheatham, G., & Duran, L. (2012) Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 14 on Supporting Young Dual Language Learners with Special Needs.. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Missoula, MT, USA

Santos Gilbertz, R., Shaffer, L., & Fettig, A. (2012) Helping families connect early literacy with social-emotional development. Young Children 67 (2), 88-93

Duran, L., Cheatham, G., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2011) Assessing Dual Language Learners: Recommendations for Practice.. Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Gathering Information to Make Informed Decisions: Contemporary Perspectives about Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Missoula, MT

Santos Gilbertz, R., Ostrosky, M., Yates, T., Fettig, A., Cheatham, G., & Shaffer, L. (2011) Practices in assessing young children's social-emotional competence: It's more than just completing a checklist.. Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Gathering Information to Make Informed Decisions: Contemporary Perspectives about Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Missoula, MT

Santos Gilbertz, R., Ruppar, A., & Jeans, L. (2011) Immersing Students in the Culture of Disability through Service Learning. Teacher Education in Special Education 1 (35), 49-63

Cheatham, G., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2011) Collaborating with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds: Considering time and communication orientations. Young Children 66 (5), 76-84

Mouzourou, C., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Gaffney, J. (2011) At home with disability: Three generations of one family narrate Autism. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 24, 693-715

Santos Gilbertz, R., & Chan, S. (2011) Developing cross-cultural competence: A guide for working with young children and their families Paul H. Brookes: Baltimore, MD

Santos Gilbertz, R., Jeans, L., McCollum, J., Fettig, A., & Quesenberry, A. (2010) Perspectives of roles during parent-child interactions of Filipino immigrant mothers Early Child Care and Development  link >

Cheatham, G., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2009) “Why won’t they just cooperate?” Understanding how cultural values impact how we team with families Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series 11, Quality Inclusive Services in a Diverse Society , 107-121

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Armstrong, J. (2009) Y’all listenin’? Accessing children’s dialects in preschool. Young Exceptional Children 12, 2-14

Dyer, W., McBride, B., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Jeans, L. (2009) A longitudinal examination of father involvement with children with developmental delays: Does timing of diagnosis matter? Journal of Early Intervention 31, 265-281

Peterson, C., Fox, L., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2009) Young exceptional children [Monograph, Serial No. 11]. Quality Inclusive Services in a Diverse Society...

Yates, T., Ostrosky, M., Cheatham, G., Fettig, A., Shaffer, L., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2009) Research synthesis on screening and assessing social-emotional competence Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hemmeter, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Ostrosky, M. (2008) Preparing early childhood educators to address young children's social-emotional development and challenging behavior: A survey of higher education programs in nine states. Journal of Early Intervention 30 (4), 321-340

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Ro, Y. (2007) Home language acquisition and retention for young exceptional children. Young Exceptional Children 11 (1), 27-39

Santos Gilbertz, R., & McCollum, J. (2007) Perspectives of parent-child interaction in Filipino mothers of very young children with and without disabilities. Journal of Early Intervention 29 (3), 243-261

Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R., & Maude, S. (2006) Increasing meaningful participation of diverse constituents: Lessons learned from the CLAS experience. Multiple Voices 9, 34-49

Santos Gilbertz, R., Cheatham, G., & Ostrosky, M. (2006) Enseñe me: Practical strategies for supporting the social and emotional development of young English language learners. Language Learner 1 (3), 5-9, 24

Hemmeter, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., Snyder, P., Hyson, M., Harris-Solomon, A., & Bailey, D. (2005) Young children with, or at-risk for, developmental disabilities.. National goals and research for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities American Association on Mental Retardation: Washington, DC

Cheatham, G., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2005) A-B-C's of bridging home and school expectations for children and families of diverse backgrounds. Young Exceptional Children 8 (3), 3-11

Ohtake, Y., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Fowler, S. (2005) It's a three way conversation: Families, service providers and interpreters working together In Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 6 on Interdisciplinary Teaming

Sandall, S., McLean, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Smith, B. (2005) DEC’s recommended practices: The context for change.. DEC recommended practices: A comprehensive guide for practical application in early intervention/early childhood special education Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R., & Rothenberg, D. (2005) Information training and technical assistance: A case study of the CLAS Institute Web site.. The handbook of special education technology research and practice Knowledge by Design: Whitefish Bay, WI

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Responsiveness to family cultures, values, and languages.. The Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood: Missoula, MT

Corso, R., Fowler, S., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) CLAS collection #2: Building healthy relationships with families to support service utilization.. Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Fowler, S., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Corso, R. (2004) CLAS collection #1: Getting started: Culturally and linguistically appropriate screening, assessment and family information gathering.. Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Ohtake, Y., Fowler, S., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Working with interpreters to plan early childhood services with bilingual and multilingual families.. CLAS collection #3: Language and communication: Working with linguistically diverse families Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young children Spotlight on young children and assessment / National Association for the Education of Young Children: Washington, DC

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young children. Young Children 59 (1), 48-50

Santos Gilbertz, R., & Chan, S. (2004) Families with Pilipino roots.. Developing cross-cultural competence: A guide for working with young children and their families Brookes: Baltimore

Santos Gilbertz, R., & Zhang, C. (2004) An individualized perspective of family support services: A review of the literature.. CLAS collection #2: Building healthy relationships with families to support service utilization Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R., & Fowler, S. (2004) CLAS collection #3: Language and communication: Working with linguistically diverse families.. Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Banks, R., Roof, V., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2003) Discovering family concerns, priorities and resources: Sensitive family information gathering. Young Exceptional Children 6 (2), 11-19

Ostrosky, M., & Santos Gilbertz, R. (2003) Understanding the impact of language differences on classroom behavior The Utah Special Educator Special Monograph on English Learners: Literacy and Achievement

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2003) Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young children. Young Children 1 (59), 48-50

Corso, R., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Roof, V. (2002) Adapting and evaluating early childhood education and early childhood special education materials at the community level. Teaching Exceptional Children 34 (3), 30-36

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2002) DEC position statement on responsiveness to family cultures, values and languages.. The Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood: Arlington, VA

Santos Gilbertz, R., & Ostrosky, M. (2002) Understanding the impact of language differences on classroom behavior (What Works Briefs # 2).. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning: Champaign, IL

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2001) Using what children know to teach them something new: Applying high-probability procedures at home and in the preschool classroom. Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Teaching Strategies (Serial No. 3)

Santos Gilbertz, R., Lee, S., Valdivia, R., & Zhang, C. (2001) Translating translations: Selecting and using translated early childhood materials. Teaching Exceptional Children 34 (2), 26-31

Sandall, S., McLean, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., & Smith, B. (2000) DEC’s new recommended practices: The context for change.. DEC recommended practices in early intervention/early childhood special education Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R., & Lignugaris/Kraft, B. (1999) The effects of direct questions on preschool children’s responses to indirect requests. Journal of Behavioral Education 9 (3/4), 193-210

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Grants

Principal Investigator Project Family IMPACT, U.S. Department of Education, 2015 - 2020

Co-Principal Investigator Preparing Culturally Responsive Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel (PCRP), U.S. Department of Education, 2014 - 2017

Principal Investigator Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois, Illinois Department of Human Services, 2013 - 2017

Co-Principal Investigator Project Blend, U.S. Department of Education, 2011 - 2017

Co-Principal Investigator Preparing Relationship-based Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel (PREP), U.S. Department of Education, 2009 - 2016

Senior Personnel Military Families Learning Network, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2014 - 2015

Principal Investigator Head Start Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, Health & Human Services (University of Washington), 2010 - 2015

Co-Principal Investigator Men's Parenting Behaviors in Famlies of Children with Disabilities: Findings from the ECLS-B, Institute of Education Sciences, 2012 - 2014

Senior Personnel DELL-D Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville, U.S. Department of Education, 2007 - 2011

Principal Investigator Preparing Relationship-Based Early Intervention Personnel (PREP), U.S. Department of Education, 2004 - 2010

Senior Personnel Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001 - 2006

Senior Personnel Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior, U.S. Department of Education, 2001 - 2006

Principal Investigator Perceptions of Immigrant Filipino Mothers' Interactions with Their Infants and Toddlers, Campus Research Board, 2004 - 2004

Co-Principal Investigator Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Resource Family Experience, The Kay Meginnis Endowment for the Enhancement of Special Education Programs, 2003 - 2004

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Service

Associate Editor Journal of Early Intervention, Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2014 - present

Managing Editor DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series, Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2014 - present

Managing Editor YEC Monograph Series, Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2012 - 2014

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Courses

Project BLEND seminar Seminar in the education of individuals with special needs; open only to persons who have been admitted for graduate study. Course Information: Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Approved for letter and S/U grading. Class Schedule Information: Some sections may require additional course fees.

Rosa Milagros Santos

Interim Head, Special Education

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